Do you remember when you were offered your job? The thrill and joy for having achieved your goal. Do you remember your first day? The excitement of starting something new, meeting different people, a journey onto a brighter future…
How long ago was that? How do you feel now? Are you happy at work? Maybe you feel like many others – dissatisfied, lacking motivation, like you’re going through the motions just to get your monthly salary…. deluded by a job that you thought would increase your happiness rather than decrease it.
If so – before laying all the blame on the job itself, the people, the environment; I would recommend you dedicate just one day to see if it’s really work that needs to change, or you. It’s a small commitment, but with the potential of a large return. What I want you to do is act like it was your first day at work all over again – just once. Follow the steps below to activate your inner newbie nature:
Your First Day at Work
1) Power dress
It’s your first day – so Power Dress. Your clothes reflect the way you feel and therefore affect the way you work too. Power Dressing means wearing clothes in which you feel confident and attractive, and spending time on your hair and make-up (if appropriate).
2) Arrive early
Wake up 15 minutes earlier than you normally do to allow extra time to Power Dress, and to be able to enjoy the walk to the bus rather than doing the hippety-hoppety run. If necessary – take an earlier bus to make sure you can stroll into the office, make a cup of tea or coffee before you start, and settle down in a relaxed manner before your start time.
3) Treat everyone anew
You’ve probably written off the majority of your work colleagues as just that – not potential long-term friend material. But just for this one day – act as if each conversation you have with a colleague was new; ask them how they are and genuinely mean it – talk about what they are getting up to at the weekend and genuinely mean it. You might be surprised by where the conversations lead – what you find out that you didn’t know before, and how they treat you differently because of your increased enthusiasm and interest in them.
4) Try your best
Your parents probably told you this over and over, and they were right, as long as you did your best – that’s all you could have done. For this one day – do every task as if you wanted to impress your boss – as if you’d just started and still needed to prove yourself. Do everything carefully, slowly, and diligently.
5) Offer out your skills
Ask your boss if he or she would like any extra help, and also your colleagues around you. You could even offer your skills out to other departments; who knows what potential growth this could mean for you, and also for future career progression.
6) Turn off the Social Media
Remember – it’s your first day, at this point you don’t know if your emails and Facebook usage is being monitored, so switch it off and do what you’re being paid to do.
7) Smile at everyone
At the beginning of your new job, you are desperate for friends and to be approved, so smile a lot. By the way – smiling with your eyes crinkling too, has been proved to boost your mood and make you feel happier.
8) Tidy up
A tidy desk and work area means a clear mind – so make sure when you leave – you leave things organised and neat, so that when you come in the next day you don’t feel like you are bogged down by yesterday’s mess. Then you can start afresh….
On your next first day at work.
How do you feel now after your first day at work? Did you enjoy it? Could you make every day like this one?